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AFB Practice Roundtable: Handling Flexible Working Requests

AFB will partner with Fox Williams for an in-person roundtable where members can discuss and share their experience of managing flexible working requests received from employees.

The Fox Williams Employment Team will provide a brief introduction to the UK legal framework and facilitate a discussion covering the following topics:

  • The key challenges being experienced by members and how these can be overcome
  • The alignment of a firm’s flexible working policy with its approach to hybrid working
  • The steps that employees take when applications are being rejected
  • How a bank can protect itself from legal challenge
  • The possible changes to the legal framework in the UK

Attendees will be invited to share their perspectives on the challenges, draw upon the points raised, and pose questions to the team at Fox Williams and each other.

AFB will circulate an agenda and a series of questions to registered attendees in advance which will be used to aid discussions.

There will be refreshments and networking from 15:30 before the discussion starts at 16:00 and drinks from 17:30 to 18:30 after the roundtable.

Please note that capacity for the roundtable is limited to 30 members and one person per member bank.

Who should attend?

This roundtable is aimed at HR and Compliance teams.


Joanna Chatterton, Partner, Fox Williams

Described in Chambers as “An excellent lawyer who is very responsive, practical and helpful” Joanna is an experienced employment partner whose clients value her expertise and experience in dealing with tricky employment issues and conducting and advising on workplace investigations. She has extensive experience successfully supporting clients through complex and high value discrimination and whistleblowing claims. She is an expert in the interaction between employment law and regulatory law and her work for employers, primarily in the FS and legal/professional services sectors, generally involves matters with strategic implications and sensitive reputational and regulatory concerns. She acts as an independent investigator; in which capacity she led the Fox Williams team which investigated the allegations made by the Guardian into the CBI and its former Director General.

David Murphy, Partner, Fox Willimas

David is an employment partner who guides HR, management and in-house legal teams through difficult employment situations and advises senior individuals when they join and leave their employers or face challenges during their employment.

Described in Legal 500 as ‘first class’, David advises on issues ranging from difficult employee relations matters, such as performance management, dismissals and exit packages through to tribunal litigation, restrictive covenants and the employment aspects of business re-organisations and corporate transactions. David has considerable experience of defending and bringing employment tribunal claims (including discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair and wrongful dismissal claims) and of supervising other lawyers undertaking this work for employers and employees.


Fee:          Included in AFB membership (no fee)

Format:    In-person at Fox Willimas, 10 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AF

Date:        Tuesday 23 July 2024

Time:        16:00 – 17:30 (registration from 15:30, drinks from 17:30 after the roundtable discussion)

If you would like to submit a question or have any specific areas that you would like the session to address, please send them to AFB at  You will receive details on how to join this session a week before the event.